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Infiniti To Unveil Tech-Laden EX Concept

NEW YORK CITY — When Infiniti takes the wraps off its EX Concept, which will make its world debut at the 2007 New York Auto Show, it will be giving consumers a preview of the brand's new five-passenger luxury crossover set to hit showrooms later this year.

Infiniti Tech-Laden EX ConceptInfiniti Tech-Laden EX Concept 2Despite revealing a relative wealth of information about the concept and its production version, Infiniti is being coy about such essentials as powertrain specifications. It will only say that the EX Concept will be equipped with a V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Other key details on the EX Concept include all-wheel drive, vehicle dynamic control with traction control, and antilock brakes. The concept rides on a 112-inch wheelbase and is 185.2 inches long, 63.2 inches high and 72 inches wide. Perhaps its most striking exterior feature is a liquid-crystal glass roof panel that can change from transparent to translucent.

The Around View Monitor system includes front-, side- and rear-mounted cameras to reduce blind spots when parking. The Lane Departure Prevention system uses a small camera mounted behind the windshield and an advanced microprocessing unit working with the vehicle's stability control system to help the driver maintain lane position if the car starts to drift out of the lane. Infiniti says the two systems "are expected to be the first production versions in the world when the new Infiniti EX goes on sale in North America."

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2004 Bugatti Veyron Prototype

(from Bugatti Press Release) Bugatti Veyron Eleven prototypes nearing production maturity
Testing of the Bugatti Veyron is in its final phase Prototypes undergo trials partly under racing conditions.

2004 Bugatti Veyron Prototype2004 Bugatti Veyron Prototype 22004 Bugatti Veyron Prototype 32004 Bugatti Veyron Prototype 4Molsheim / Paris, 23 September 2004. The new high-performance sports car, the over 400 km/h fast Bugatti Veyron, has reached its final development phase. By the start of production, the eleven Bugatti prototypes tested in parallel will have driven a total of several 100,000 kilometres under the toughest conditions. One of the main targets in the final testing is to reach a level of tuning that has never before been attained in a sports car. It is a road car that breaks totally new ground when it comes to power transferred to the road, but it still remains comfortable and manageable due to the many innovative technical features integrated in it. A Bugatti par excellence, so to speak.

One of the eleven prototypes is currently undergoing a gruelling endurance test of over 50,000 kilometres. The engineers are concentrating here on testing the overall vehicle. At the same time, six of the other Bugatti Veyrons are being subjected to function tests which put individual systems through their paces and simulate special driving situations repeatedly. Four other cars are being prepared for endurance testing and function tests.

The random brake tests are only one example of how rigorous endurance testing can be. As Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, head of development at Bugatti, put it, “This involves braking from 250 km/h to 80 km/h on an oval high-speed test track and then accelerating back up to 250 km/h. Five times in a row. Braking is equivalent to full braking for a normal car. But for us, it's only medium-level deceleration. The test is then repeated on the other side of the oval. So the car is subjected to 10 times full braking and 10 times full-throttle acceleration every lap it makes of the high-speed track. An enormous strain, and one which the cars must withstand without sustaining any damage.”

No less extreme are the test runs on racing tracks such as the Nьrburgring. This is where the Bugattis drive distances of several 1,000 kilometres. A large proportion of the distance is driven at full racing speed. The high-speed tyres specially developed by Michelin for the Bugatti Veyron are the first production tyres that are approved for speeds of over 400 km/h. For this reason, the Bugatti Veyron need not be shod with other tyres when driving at top speed; the production tyres are intended to cover all speed ranges.

But regardless of the speed at which the Bugatti Veyron is driven, the downforces are optimal at all times. The tyre pressure on the road is generated by an adaptive aerodynamic system which Bugatti engineers headed by Dr Schreiber have perfected in innumerable tests. The variable control system comprises two diffuser flaps in front of the front wheels and another aerodynamic unit at the rear consisting of a wing and a spoiler. Depending on the car's road speed, they produce an additional downforce of several hundred kilograms.

Next year, the Bugatti Veyron's first customers will be able to savour the balanced perfection of all-wheel drive and the first seven-speed double clutch transmission in the world. According to Dr Thomas Bscher, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., “We will start preproduction in Summer 2005. The first cars will then be delivered in the second half of the year.” Customers will not receive just a car, they will receive the pure fascination of engineering pushed to the very limits of feasibility. As Wolfgang Schreiber says, “The acceleration experience is more impressive than sitting in a jet plane that is taking off.” Thomas Bscher climbs into a prototype and adds, “The Veyron is still more manageable than any other sports car in a comparable performance class.” Then the former racing driver speeds off in the direction of the handling track. At Bugatti, the boss has always been at the wheel. Both in the first and the second ages of this unique marque.

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Escape to Victory

Corvettes are a rare enough sight in these parts, but if you really want exclusivity, why not go the whole hog and buy a Victory Edition model?

The car has been built to celebrate Corvette's endurance racing success (including five class wins at Le Mans), and production will be limited to just 250 models.

corvette c6 victorycorvette c6 victory 2Based on Corvette's C6 sports car, the Victory Edition has a 404bhp 6.0-litre V8 with the choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.

Distinguishing marks for the limited-run model include unique grey alloy wheels, yellow or black paint and a subtle rear spoiler.

Inside, there's black and red leather, and a smattering of carbon fibre for that racy look.

There's also a numbered plaque in the cabin to tell you what number your car is in the limited production run.

The best bit, though, is that Victory Edition owners are invited to a free driver-training day at race tracks across Europe.

Prices start at £51,285 for the manual version and £53,685 for the auto.

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Honda Civic Type R

TOKYO — Good news for Japanese customers, bad news for Americans: Honda has lifted the covers on its new Civic Type R, but the little hot rod won't be coming to the States any time in the near future.

Honda Civic Type RThe Civic Type R, which goes on sale Friday in Japan, gets a specially tuned 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 225 horsepower and 159 pound-feet of torque. It is coupled to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with short-stroke sports shift linkage.

The Type R gets a lighter, more rigid body shell and a specially tuned suspension, with 18-inch Bridgestone Potenza RE070 performance tires and Brembo disc brakes. Honda has revised spring and damping rates and has fitted larger stabilizer bars, along with a torque-sensitive limited-slip differential.

The Civic Type R features a large air intake in the front fascia, a built-in rear diffuser, extended side sills and a high-mounted rear spoiler. Inside the all-black cockpit, there are sport bucket seats with thicker cushions and high side bolsters, a small-diameter leather oval steering wheel, an aluminum-ball shift knob, metal pedals and push-button engine start.

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2008 Hummer H3 Alpha


- Newest model in the performance-bred Alpha series
- Powerful 5.3L V-8 powertrain offers 295 hp (224 kW)*
- Maximum towing increased to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) – a 33-percent increase
- Unique exterior and interior features, including Alpha badging

2008 Hummer H3 Alpha2008 Hummer H3 Alpha 22008 Hummer H3 Alpha 32008 Hummer H3 Alpha 4 NEW YORK –Offering the towing capability that only a V-8 can, the 2008 H3 Alpha broadens HUMMER’s range of versatile, do-anything and go-anywhere vehicles. HUMMER announced the H3 Alpha at the New York Auto Show; it goes on sale this summer.

The H3 Alpha is the second member of HUMMER’s exclusive Alpha series, representing the pinnacle of performance, both off the road and on it. It comes with a new, 5.3L V-8 engine that delivers 295 horsepower (224 kW)* and 317 lb.-ft. of torque (438 Nm)*. It is partnered with a four-speed automatic transmission and enables a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) – an increase of more than 33 percent over other H3 models

“H3 Alpha is, simply, the ultimate HUMMER H3,” said Martin Walsh, HUMMER general manager. “It delivers all of H3’s renowned off-road capability, but with enhanced performance that is suited to a variety of lifestyles.”

In addition to the V-8 engine, the H3 Alpha also includes the popular “Luxury” equipment package, the Chrome Appearance package, 16-inch chrome wheels, a 4.10 rear axle ratio and special Alpha identification, including a prominent tailgate badge, horn pad badge and embroidered front headrests with the “Alpha” insignia.

For customers who want a more accessorized appearance straight from the factory, the Alpha model can be combined with the H3 X content, which includes bright roof crossbows, chrome fuel door, a body-color grille and unique spare tire cover, tires, wheels and center cap, and a brush guard. Additionally, HUMMER Accessories offers an exclusive line of GM-designed, manufactured and validated accessories that are engineered and tested for no-compromises fit, finish and performance.

“Because HUMMER stands for more than just off-road performance, the H3 Alpha builds on the style and refinement of the H3 lineup and offers a unique, instantly recognizable statement on the road,” said Walsh. “In short, the H3 Alpha matches HUMMER’s off-road expectations with on-road attitude.”

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2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

(from Mercedes-Benz Press Release) CL65 AMG: THE NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE COUPE Also Available as "40th Anniversary" Limited Edition Model

2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG 22008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG 32008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG 42008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG 5Two special events make 2007 a particularly significant year for Mercedes-AMG: the arrival of a new top model – the CL65 AMG high-performance coupe with its 450 kW /612 hp V12 engine – which rounds off the unique AMG range and which also, in "40th Anniversary" limited edition guise, marks a special anniversary: the high-performance brand of the Mercedes Car Group (MCG) celebrates its 40th birthday in 2007.

Another dream car has joined the AMG model range in the form of the new CL65 AMG. The powerful AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine familiar from the S65 AMG and SL65 AMG twelve-cylinder models delivers a truly impressive driving experience in the exclusive high-performance coupe. Its maximum output of 450 kW/612 hp and maximum torque of 1000 Newton meters are reflected in its outstanding performance data: the CL65 AMG attains 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and reaches the 200-km/h mark in 13.3 seconds. Its maximum speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited).

Standard features include AMG body styling, 20-inch AMG forged wheels, the unique AMG interior and highly advanced technology, such as AMG sports suspension, based on the Active Body Control system, and the anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®. The AMG high-performance brake system with new double-frame sliding calipers offers maximum deceleration without fading: under emergency braking from 100 km/h at the permissible gross vehicle weight, the CL65 AMG comes to a standstill in 35.6 meters; this represents a maximum deceleration of 11.1 m/s2.

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Caterham Superlight R400

This is the sort of birthday present we'd like. Celebrating 50 years of the Seven, Caterham has come up with the Superlight R400.

If you're even loosely versed in Caterham terminology, you'll have worked out that means this is a featherweight Seven with a power-to-weight ratio of 400bhp per tonne.

Superlight R400Superlight R400 2That's thanks to an all-up weight of just 525kg, and 210bhp from the Ford-sourced Duratec engine.

All of which means 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds and acceleration to leave your average supercar floundering on all but the longest straight.

Caterham has been busy upgrading the chassis to cope with the power and says the frame is even stiffer to improve handling.

There's also revised rear suspension and some modifications for those who want to use the car predominantly for track days, such as a dry sump engine.

The Superlight R400 will set you back £25,995, which is £1,700 less than the previous model. A good way to bring up the half-century.

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2008 Cadillac STS

DETROIT — Cadillac has mildly face-lifted the STS sedan for model-year 2008, adding a number of styling and technical enhancements. Among them is the addition of a more powerful V6 engine. The STS will be on display at the New York auto show next week.

2008 Cadillac STS2008 Cadillac STS 22008 Cadillac STS 3The 2008 STS, which goes on sale in midsummer, gets General Motors' first direct-injection V6, a 3.6-liter unit rated at 298 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. The new engine, which packs considerably more wallop than the current 3.6-liter V6, also gets a six-speed automatic transmission for the first time.

Visually, the '08 STS doesn't look much different. A revised front fascia picks up some of the styling cues from the 2008 CTS, as well as the side air extractors from the '07 Escalade. Additional details include a body-color rear fascia, polished aluminum exhaust tips and chrome-plated door handles. Cadillac says the exterior dimensions on the STS have been slightly increased.

The '08 STS gets several new technologies, including optional lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems. Head-up display is offered for the first time on the V6 model.

A new performance handling package, available on all but V6 all-wheel-drive models, bundles 18-inch chrome-plated alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires and upgraded Brembo disc brakes. V8 models get an improved stability-control system with enhanced variable-rate steering.

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Nismo 350Z

NEW YORK — To be formally unveiled at next week's auto show, the 2007 Nismo 350Z is the first production Z car to wear the badge of Nissan's high-performance aftermarket parts division.

Nismo 350ZNismo 350Z 2The Nismo Z, which goes on sale in July, features unique styling and gets a host of performance enhancements. It is fitted with a twincam 3.5-liter V6 rated at 306 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Everything exits through a Nismo-tuned exhaust.

A Nismo aero package is based on Super GT racing Zs, with a deep front fascia and chin spoiler, side skirts, extended rear fascia, underbody diffuser and rear wing. Nissan adds more body welds and supports to beef up the car's structural rigidity and fits body dampers front and rear to reduce vibration.

A Nismo-tuned multilink suspension is joined with Brembo disc brakes, Nismo forged alloy wheels and Bridgestone Potenza RE050A performance tires (245/40WR18s in front, 265/35WR19s in the rear). Traction control and a viscous limited-slip differential are standard.

The Nismo 350Z can be ordered in one of four exterior colors: Redline Red, Magnetic Black, Silver Alloy and Pikes Peak White. Interior highlights include black cloth seats with red inserts, red stitching and a white-face tachometer, along with a numbered aluminum Nismo plaque in the center console.

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2008 Hummer H2


2008 Hummer H22008 Hummer H2 22008 Hummer H2 32008 Hummer H2 42008 Hummer H2 5All-new interior features refined, premium appointments, all-new instrument panel and all-new, more comfortable seats with a full third row

New standard safety features include new electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, panic brake assist and roof rail head curtain side air bags with rollover sensing system

All-new 6.2L V-8 and six-speed automatic combination delivers more power and efficiency

Towing capacity increased to 8,000 pounds (3,629 kg)

NEW YORK – HUMMER announced the 2008 H2, with a completely redesigned, more refined interior that combines luxury with HUMMER’s legendary ruggedness; enhanced safety features and a more powerful engine that is coupled with a new, six-speed automatic transmission. The new powertrain combination improves efficiency when compared with previous models.

“The 2008 HUMMER H2 represents a major step in the evolution of this iconic vehicle,” said Martin Walsh, HUMMER general manager. “From performance to comfort to safety and overall refinement, the new H2 lineup delivers more of what customers expect from HUMMER; they will be especially impressed with the new, more refined interior.”

HUMMER revealed the 2008 H2 at the New York Auto Show. The powertrain, interior and exterior changes also are included on the H2 SUT. The ’08 H2 and H2 SUT go on sale later this year.

The new powertrain combination consists of a 6.2L all-aluminum small-block V-8 engine, rated at 393 horsepower (293 kW)* – an increase of about 20 percent over the previous engine – and a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. Performance-optimizing engine technologies, such as variable valve timing, and the six-speed’s wide gear ratios, including a “tall” overdrive gear, enable the improved performance and efficiency over previous models.

“This is one of those rare instances where enhanced performance is matched with improved efficiency,” said Walsh. “More power in the H2 helps make highway maneuvers, such as entering from a freeway on-ramp, feel effortless while simultaneously bolstering towing capability.”

All-new, luxury-appointed interior

While drivers will feel the ’08 H2’s improved performance on the road, they’ll appreciate it more while experiencing it in the all-new interior. It features a completely redesigned instrument panel, new seats – including a full third-row seat for two passengers– new door trim panels, new controls, new rear-seat heating/air conditioning system, new rear-seat overhead DVD entertainment system and a new family of premium radios.

“The new interior delivers a refined, premium feel while maintaining HUMMER’s trademark ruggedness,” said Dennis Burke, interior designer. “Everything from the flushness of the controls to the feel of the materials exudes craftsmanship in the H2’s new interior, while the fine details, like leather seat piping, create a consistent, premium interior design style across the entire HUMMER family.”

Seats in the H2 have a new, chiseled appearance and offer improved comfort. In fact, HUMMER engineers focused on every detail to improve interior comfort. For example, the front seat safety belts are now mounted to the vehicle’s B-pillars rather than to the seats themselves. This change enabled engineers uncompromised comfort tuning for the seats. Front seat safety belt pretensioners are new, too, and are standard.

Complementing the new seats are new door trim panels and an all-new instrument panel and six-gauge instrument cluster that features a more refined appearance and better tolerances. In fact, the new interior is designed with interior gap tolerances of one millimeter or less. Soft-touch materials and new, more tactile controls enhance the feeling of craftsmanship. A new center stack houses the climate controls and a new family of GM radios – including a standard premium Bose audio system and an available surround sound system. The instrument panel also features new vents that enhance heating or cooling comfort throughout the vehicle – particularly for the second- and third-row seats.

Numerous available comfort and convenience features are either new or carried over into the ’08 H2, such as a new rear-seat overhead DVD entertainment system, a navigation system, a rear-view camera system and heated windshield washer fluid. OnStar and XM Satellite Radio are standard.

The ’08 H2 also offers a remote starting system that enables the vehicle’s interior to be heated or cooled prior to driving.

Driving experience

The heart of the ’08 H2 is a new, 6.2L V-8 engine that uses variable valve timing technology to maximize performance and fuel efficiency. It is rated at 393 horsepower (293 kW)* and 415 lb.-ft. of torque (574 Nm)*. The engine also features lightweight materials, including an aluminum cylinder block, which helps reduce the vehicle’s overall mass.

The 6.2L V-8’s technologically advanced features also help it meet new federal emissions standards a year before mandatory implementation.

A new six-speed Hydra-Matic 6L80 RWD electronically controlled automatic transmission backs the 6.2L engine. The six-speed automatic has a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio – including two overdrive gears – that helps deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy. Also, the 6L80 has a “tap up/tap down” capability that allows the driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts with a button on the column shifter.

The new powertrain combination helps the 2008 H2 and H2 SUT deliver an additional 1,500 pounds (680 kg) in towing capacity – an increase from 6,500 pounds (2,948 kg) to 8,000 pounds (3,629 kg). A host of additional powertrain revisions also contributes to the H2’s improved performance and efficiency, including:

Larger-capacity cooling system complements larger, more powerful engine

Electric engine cooling fans reduce “drag” on engine, enabling more horsepower

Regulated voltage control maximizes fuel economy by charging electrical components only when necessary

New LAN electrical architecture is more efficient and uses less electrical energy

Standard 3.73 rear axle ratio

Off-road acumen also was enhanced with the new powertrain system. The 6L80 transmission’s tap up/tap down feature provides more control on grades and it offers automatic grade braking. It also improves the off-road crawl ratio to approximately 39:1 – an improvement of about 20 percent.

The transfer case is improved in the ’08 H2; it is stronger with improved performance. A new traction control system also is standard, which helps ensure sure-footed traction in most driving conditions.

Driving performance off the road or on is enhanced by a revised steering gear that has a quicker ratio and improved on-center returnability. The driving experience also is quieter and more refined, thanks to new, tuned air intake and exhaust systems.

Safety standard

Complementing the H2 lineup’s performance and comfort changes are enhancements to the safety system. They include several new standard features:

Roof rail head curtain side air bags for first-, second- and third-row passengers with rollover sensing system

Safety belt pretensioners (first-row seats)

Electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology

New traction control system

Tire pressure monitoring system

Also new is a panic brake assist feature – the first application for a full-size GM truck or SUV – which detects emergency braking situations and maintains maximum brake pressure to help stop the vehicle more quickly and with more control. It is a standard feature on all H2 models. Also, the standard OnStar system now offers the optional Turn-By-Turn navigation system. Additional optional features that contribute to a safer driving experience include HUMMER’s Rear Vision System – a rearview camera system – and a navigation system.

Exterior enhancements

All 2008 H2 models are distinguished from previous models with functional changes that maintain HUMMER’s instantly recognizable design identify. The iconic, seven-slot grille features larger openings and the lower grille also is enlarged, accommodating the cooling needs of the more powerful 6.2L V-8 engines. The lower bumpers on ’08 models are painted silver (previous models had black lower bumpers).

The soul of a HUMMER

While the ‘08 H2 is offered with a new powertrain and interior, its foundation remains the same: a fully welded ladder-type frame that features a modular, three-piece design incorporating a number of hydroformed components. This design delivers outstanding strength, stiffness and dimensional accuracy.

The H2 has short overhangs for radical approach and departure angles, and exceptional ground clearance for minimal impact on trails. Standard 17-inch wheels, heavy-duty independent front suspension and a five-link rear suspension provide superior handling, carrying and towing capability. The solid rear axle ensures durable sure-footedness, particularly in tight, off-road situations. Also standard is underbody protection and rocker protection. These elements help the H2 deliver on HUMMER’s mantra of capability, including traveling through streams 24 inches (508 mm) deep, climbing 16-inch (406-mm) steps and rocks and paddling through deep sand or snow.

A new, four-channel anti-lock braking/traction control system (ABS/TCS) provides optimum control on slippery surfaces. In addition, the ABS can detect and adjust its braking capabilities to rough off-road surfaces like gravel and potholes. The TCS also includes the ability to gain traction through a single wheel, if necessary, and more wheel slip in a second traction control mode for sand and desert racing conditions.

A self-leveling rear air spring suspension system is available for extreme off-road and towing requirements.

H2 SUT – maximum utility and fun

Like the H2, the H2 SUT carries passengers and cargo, but does so with a twist: an open cargo bed enables convenient storage of larger items. When cargo requires more space, a 4-foot by 6-foot (122-cm by 244-cm) pickup bed can be created by powering the rear window into the Midgate, then folding forward the Midgate and rear seat. With four passengers on board, the bulkhead at the rear of the SUT’s passenger compartment remains upright, still providing ample cargo-carrying capacity.

Practicality aside, the H2 SUT also offers an open, invigorating driving experience. At the push of a single button, the driver can lower all four side windows and the rear window. Using a separate switch, the standard sunroof can also be opened, giving SUT a truly open-air feeling.

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2007 Land Rover Defender

GAYDON, England — Land Rover has updated its long-lived Defender for its 60th birthday, but there are still no plans to bring the iconic off-roader back to the U.S. market.

2007 Land Rover DefenderThe 2007 Defender, which gets numerous enhancements inside and out, goes on sale in mid-April in the U.K., priced from $36,667 for the basic Defender 90 pickup. The range-topping Defender 130 will reach British dealers in July, priced from $44,475.

Among the highlights for 2007 are a new 2.4-liter common-rail diesel engine, a six-speed gearbox, a fully integrated front fascia, new seating and improved heating and air-conditioning.

Land Rover says it still sells 6,000 Defenders a year in Britain, its largest market. U.K. dealers already have taken 800 orders for the new model, which can be ordered in one of 14 different body styles, including pickup, soft top, crew cab and station wagon.

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2007 Brabus Mercedes-Benz

(from Brabus Press Release) Brand New: The BRABUS Sport Program for the New C-Class

Concurrent with the market introduction of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class BRABUS
( presents an exclusive sport program for the new sedan. Highlights of the product lineup are the BRABUS 4.0 displacement engine with 332 hp / 244 kW for the V6 gasoline models, an elegant aerodynamic-enhancement program, light-alloy wheels with 20-inch diameter and corresponding suspensions, plus numerous individual interior options.

2007 Brabus Mercedes-Benz 22007 Brabus Mercedes-Benz 32007 Brabus Mercedes-BenzBRABUS is world-renowned for its powerful yet clean-burning displacement engines, lubricated exclusively with ARAL motor oil. All tuning components and conversions are backed by the one-of-a-kind BRABUS Tuning Warranty® of three years up to 100,000 kilometers (see BRABUS warranty conditions as of June 2003).

For the new C 280 and C 350 models BRABUS offers its BRABUS 4.0 engine. By installing a special crankshaft and larger pistons displacement is increased to 4.0 liters. Additionally the four-valve cylinder heads are optimized for gas flow, and fitted with special camshafts. The conversion further includes a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with metal catalysts, and newly programmed engine electronics.

The impressive results of the conversion are a maximum power output of 332 hp / 244 kW and a peak torque of 420 Nm at 4,200 rpm. Thus equipped, the four-door delivers excellent performance: Just 5.9 seconds pass from 0 - 100 km/h, top speed is 275 km/h in combination with the BRABUS Vmax-Unit.

For the CDI models of the new C-Class BRABUS offers its PowerXtra performance kits. The list starts with the D2 (III) kit that increases power output of the C 200 CDI by 39 hp / 28.7 hp, and bumps peak torque to 385 Nm. The C 220 CDI with BRABUS D3 (III) kit delivers 195 hp / 143 kW of power and 450 Nm of peak torque. For the top-of-the-line turbodiesel model C 320 CDI there is the D6 (III) power kit. It delivers 48 hp / 35.3 kW of additional power and a peak torque of 590 Nm, turning the new C-Class into one of the world’s sportiest diesel-powered cars with a 0 – 100 km/h time of just 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.

BRABUS stainless-steel quad sport exhaust systems are available for all engine variants.

More dynamics for the new C-Class also come from custom-tailored BRABUS tire/wheel combinations with diameters of 17, 18, 19 and 20 inches and corresponding BRABUS sport suspensions, lowering kits and sport sway bars. The largest wheels for the new C-Class are BRABUS Monoblock VI, E and S light-alloy wheels in size 9Jx20 front and back, fitted with tires is sizes 235/30 ZR 20 in front and 265/25 ZR 20 on the rear axle.

BRABUS high-performance brake systems are available for the W 204 model series in two versions and offer maximum stopping power and endurance.

The BRABUS design team also went into the wind tunnel to develop aerodynamic-enhancement components that not only look great but also offer maximum aerodynamic efficiency. All parts are manufactured from high-quality PUR-Rim in OEM quality.

The sporty styled BRABUS front spoiler lends the C-Class a more characteristic appearance with its generously dimensioned air inlets for improved supply of cooling air for radiators and front brakes. It also minimizes lift on the front axle, thus improving directional stability at high speeds. Four integrated auxiliary headlights further optimize active safety. BRABUS offers a three-piece rear spoiler that serves as its aerodynamic counterpart in the rear.

Strikingly styled BRABUS rocker panels create perfect aerodynamic transitions between front and rear wheel arches. The panels are optionally available with integrated LED entrance lights. For the outside mirrors BRABUS offers custom-tailored carbon-fiber covers.

The new BRABUS rear apron with one cutout left and right for the sport exhaust rounds out the exclusive appearance.

BRABUS also enjoys a great reputation worldwide for exclusive interior design: For the new C-Class the company-own upholstery shop handcrafts exclusive interiors from especially soft and breathable BRABUS Mastik leather and Alcantara with utmost precision. The BRABUS program also includes a wide array of individual accessories for the interior. The lineup ranges from an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel to aluminum foot pedals and 330­km/h speedometer to stainless-steel door sills with illuminated BRABUS logo to precious-wood and carbon-fiber trim sets.

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Chevrolet Trax

DETROIT — Next week at the New York auto show, Chevrolet will pull the wraps off three new Korea-designed minicar concepts — and will ask Web viewers to vote for their favorite.

Chevrolet TraxTo be officially unveiled April 4 at the auto show are three design concepts based on General Motors' global minicar platform, including a tiny crossover called Chevrolet Trax. The minicar platform was engineered in Korea by GM Daewoo, and all three minicar concepts were created at the automaker's design studio in Incheon.

Chevy says the concepts are intended to appeal to "young car buyers in urban markets." After April 4, Web users can vote for their favorite at The division says it will use the results to help it determine U.S. market interest in the minicar segment, as well as to learn which design appeals the most to potential buyers in the States.

The four-door Trax is powered by a 1.0-liter engine, with an orange exterior paint scheme.

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Toyota Increases 2007 Tundra Incentives to $3,000

TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota Motor Corp., which has traditionally been sparing with its incentives, has added a nationwide $1,000 trade-in incentive through April 30 for buyers of its 2007 Tundra pickup. The offer comes on top of other discounts worth as much as $2,000 per Tundra, depending on the model.

2007 Toyota TundraThe Tundra CrewMax model has no incentives, however.

The latest Tundra incentive is aimed squarely at buyers who owe more on their existing vehicle loans than their car or truck is worth. The new incentive can only be applied to help a buyer with a vehicle trade-in allowance. In addition, dealers have the discretion to use the incentive as they see fit. They do not have to use the entire amount.

Toyota is pulling out all the stops to win American buyers to the Tundra as competitors offer discounts as high as $5,000 per truck.

The 2007 Toyota Tundra ranges in price from $22,935 for a base 4x2 regular-cab model with a 236-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 to $42,495 for a CrewMax model with a 381-hp 5.7-liter V8. Prices include a $645 destination charge.

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Volkswagen has just built its 25 millionth Golf !

Volkswagen has just built its 25 millionth Golf, surpassing sales of even the company's perennial favourite, the Beetle.

vw golfThe Golf has easily exceeded the 21 million Beetles sold and it's done it in a mere 33 years, compared to the Beetle's five decades in production.

With these figures in mind, it won't be long before the vehicle passes the Ford F-150 pick-up in the sales charts. The Ford has found 26 million customers, but sales are slowing.

The 25 millionth Golf was a 1.4 TSi model fitted with a DSG gearbox.

However, the VW still has some way to go to catch the world's best-selling car, the Toyota Corolla, which has a tally of more than 35 million over its 40-year lifespan.

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2007 TechArt GTstreet based on Porsche 911 997 Turbo

(from TechArt Press Release) The Next Generation: TechArt GTstreet Based on Porsche 911 Turbo

2007 TechArt GTstreet based on Porsche 911 997 Turbo2007 TechArt GTstreet based on Porsche 911 997 Turbo 22007 TechArt GTstreet based on Porsche 911 997 Turbo 32007 TechArt GTstreet based on Porsche 911 997 Turbo 42007 TechArt GTstreet based on Porsche 911 997 Turbo 5 With its 2001 TechArt GTstreet based on the Porsche 911 Turbo of the 996 model series, TechArt Automobildesign ( created one of the fastest and most powerful street-legal sports cars of its time. The next evolutionary stage of this fascinating concept celebrates its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2007: The new TechArt GTstreet based on the 911 Turbo of the latest 997 series.

Like the predecessor the new GTstreet edition centers on a powerful engine: The 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat engine is modified by the TechArt engine specialists and now develops 630 hp / 463 kW at 6,800 rpm, up from standard 480 hp / 353 kW. Peak torque increases from 620 Nm to 820 Nm at 4,500 rpm.

Thus equipped the TechArt GTstreet delivers performance that firmly places it among the worlds fastest sports cars: 0 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, 200 km/h after just 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 345 km/h speak volumes.

The body kit for the TechArt GTstreet was created in the wind tunnel, and offers an optimal symbiosis of aerodynamic downforce, minimized drag and striking design.

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2008 Audi R8 To Start at $109,000

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Audi said its new 2008 R8 sports car will be priced from $109,000 when it arrives this fall at U.S. dealerships. The sticker on the two-seater is more than $16,000 higher than the price on an Audi S8, despite the fact that the performance sedan has two more seats, two more cylinders and 30 more horsepower.

audi r8The standard R8 is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. An R8 with six-speed R tronic automatic will carry a sticker of $118,000.

The midengine R8 is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 rated at 420 horsepower. In comparison, the S8 features a 450-hp 5.2-liter V10. Because the R8 is considerably lighter than the S8, it will be the fastest production Audi ever, with 0-60 acceleration in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph.

In addition to the automatic gearbox, stand-alone options on the R8 include a 465-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system, navigation system, Alcantara headliner, metallic pearl paint, choice of carbon-fiber or body-color side blades and a leather package that includes leather-covered dash and interior trim. An optional Convenience Package bundles a rear backup camera, hill-hold assist, six-disc CD changer and auto-dimming outside mirrors.

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Volkswagen Tiguan Gets a Debut You Can Download

WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen is launching a microsite for its all-new Tiguan crossover six months ahead of the vehicle's world debut in September at the Frankfurt auto show. The Tiguan goes into production in November.

vw tiguan The site features high-quality animations, actual driving scenes and downloadable features. VW says the microsite will permit prospective buyers to follow the Tiguan's development, from showcar to production. More information will be revealed in the months leading up to the vehicle's official introduction.In June, users will be able to take a virtual test-drive and operate a configurator to sample different trim and performance levels.The Tiguan made its first public appearance last fall as a concept at the Los Angeles auto show. It goes on sale in North America in early 2008.

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Hyundai Genesis

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California — You could be forgiven for mistaking Hyundai's Concept Genesis for a new Lexus.

Hyundai GenesisHyundai Genesis 2Genesis, which makes its debut next week at the New York auto show, is a sneak preview of the Korean automaker's first near-luxury model. The production version of the rear-wheel-drive premium sport sedan goes on sale in the U.S. in 2008, priced from under $30,000.

Hyundai suggests Genesis is only the first of a new range of premium performance products for the brand. The concept's exterior appears to draw its styling inspiration from recent Lexus and Toyota designs. But under the skin, it's a different story.

Genesis rides on a version of Hyundai's new rear-wheel-drive platform and is powered by a Tau-series twin-cam 4.6-liter V8 mated to a ZF six-speed automatic with manual-shift capability. Hyundai says the new engine will develop "well over 300 horsepower," with 0-60-mph acceleration in less than 6 seconds.

The all-independent suspension is driver-adjustable. Other chassis highlights include four-wheel disc brakes, speed-sensing variable-rate power steering, and 20-inch wheels and tires.

Among the features are adaptive cruise control, navigation with back-up camera, electronic stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, active headrests, heated/cooled seats, push-button start and eight airbags.

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2007 Callaway C16 based on Chevrolet Corvette


First Look at Callaway Cars’ Newest Statement of “Powerfully Engineered Automobiles”

2007 Callaway C16 based on Chevrolet Corvette2007 Callaway C16 based on Chevrolet Corvette 22007 Callaway C16 based on Chevrolet Corvette 32007 Callaway C16 based on Chevrolet Corvette 42007 Callaway C16 based on Chevrolet Corvette 5Callaway Cars today unveiled its Callaway C16 – the 16th in an impressive lineup of exclusive, built-to-order Callaway automobiles. Based on the current Chevrolet Corvette platform, the C16 takes performance and style to the next level, with 616 supercharged bhp and 582 lb-ft of torque. The new sports car incorporates Callaway’s race-proven technologies, superlative craftsmanship and arresting style.

“The C16 says exactly what we want to say about the capabilities at Callaway Cars: It’s gorgeous, it has class-leading performance—and it’s a true daily driver based on one of the best sports car platforms ever made,” says company founder Reeves Callaway.

The C16 was drawn and modeled by designer Paul Deutschman, who has a twenty-year portfolio of Callaway designs. “He is the architect of the Callaway look—from the 254 mph Sledgehammer and our C4-based Le Mans race cars to the C7, the C12 and now the C16,” says Callaway. The car’s handcrafted bodywork replaces every panel of the standard body to achieve its integrated look. The C16 also attains a new level of manufacturing efficiency. “In making this car we went from CAD design straight to tooling, bypassing a full-sized model—a first for us,” says Callaway. “It’s tools like PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER software, our technology partner, that make such efficient car design possible.”

The Callaway supercharged 6.0-liter LS2 V8 produces an impressive 616 bhp at 6,200 rpm and develops 582 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm. The Callaway C16 does 0 to 60 in 3.3-seconds, and a quarter mile in 10.9 seconds. Top speed of the manual transmission coupe is 206 mph. Equally impressive is its fuel efficiency rating of 18 city/28 highway. It is emission compliant worldwide.

Yokohama “AdvanSport” 295/30ZR19 (front) and 345/25ZR20 (rear) tires complete the package. “The secret to this level of road-holding starts with the tire,” says Callaway. “As a specialist manufacturer, we are honored to have Yokohama as our exclusive tire partner, which gives us access to technology that results in our extraordinary performance numbers.”

The car’s excellent handling and ride feel are courtesy of the newly developed Callaway/Eibach Multi-Pro coil-over suspension. This advanced spring/damper system features ride height, corner weight, and pitch angle adjustability. The aluminum-bodied dampers feature 10-click-position compression and rebound adjustability and have remote mounted reservoirs, allowing the driver to control a range of ride stiffness settings for track or road.

Inside, the C16 cockpit is completely retooled in German leather and Alcantara. Also fitted are Recaro Pole Position seats with a choice of harnessing styles. Door sill panels, steering wheel and passenger dash area also carry signature Callaway badging. Each automobile is serialized and identified by its build plaque. C16s are built to order. Clients choose body color and interior appointments to individual taste.

The C16’s Callaway exhaust system is manufactured from stainless steel and features Callaway’s signature Double-D exhaust tip design. As demonstrated by the car’s horsepower throughput, the exhaust system is the least restrictive and is generally known as the best-sounding solution for C5- and C6-generation Corvettes.

To bring the Callaway C16 from 200+ mph to rest, Callaway 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers grip 355mm diameter rotors. Super-lightweight Callaway Dymag wheels, the lightest road wheel in the industry, are fitted in sizes 19-inch x 10 front and 20-inch x 12 rear. The Dymag wheel features a remarkable hybrid of forged magnesium centers surrounded by carbon fiber rims - another example of Callaway bringing their race experience to their road cars. Dymag has been supplying advanced road wheels to Callaway since 1986.

There are three transmission options on the Callaway C16: two 6-speed manual transmissions (one incorporating the Z51 Performance Package’s shorter ratios in the first four gears), or a 6-speed automatic with paddle shift. The Callaway C16 delivers the feeling of a fully integrated driver’s car, maintaining the company’s legendary hallmark of easy-to-drive, super high-performance road cars.

Callaway C16 automobiles are built by Callaway facilities in California, Connecticut, and Germany. The Callaway C16 is available exclusively through Callaway Cars’ authorized dealer network in North America, Callaway Competition in Leingarten, Germany, and CorvetteTotal, Bonstetten, Switzerland.

Pricing for a fully loaded C16 coupe is $126,685 USD.

All Callaway C16 components are available individually, for both new and currently owned Corvettes, through Callaway authorized retailers and installers.

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